author > marcio kogan
co-author > lair reis
interior design co-authors > diana radomysler
custom made furniture design > carolina castroviejo . lair reis
collaborator > henrique bustamante
collaborator interior design > ricardo azira
team > eduardo glycerio . eduardo gurian . elisa friedmann . gabriel kogan . luciana antunes . marcio tanaka . maria cristina motta . mariana simas . oswaldo pessano . renata furlanetto . samanta cafardo . suzana glogowski
landscape designer > isabel duprat
contractor > lock engenharia - marcello pessoa . eduardo menezes
mechanical systems> grau engenharia
air conditioning > thermoplan
structure engineer > leão e associados - joão rubens leão , Brazil
Category: New Residential Building, Professional
About the Artist
Throughout the last decade, the recognition of the design and specification of exposed concrete has been revisited and developed. The construction of a ripped texture needs precise carpentry of total craftsmanship, mounting the negative of the building in hand-made wood. Additionally, the concrete needs a special composition in order for it to be worked adequately before solidifying. When deformed, the concrete is practically in its final configuration, making it a risky process, with little room for error.
In this house the material is used in a radical manner throughout the upper volume and, as such, the large concrete Box appears to be floating atop a glass volume. In the living room, which continues to the veranda and the garden, the doors open entirely, diluting the division between interior and exterior. The main entrance is done through pivoting panels that also open entirely to the front garden. In the internal space, a long irregularly-shaped sofa wriggles around the room, constructing a space with no hierarchy among the different orientations.
On the top floor, a TV room distributes the circulation to the bedrooms, which are lit by a wood block on the concrete wall of the facade. The wooden brises offer the interior great thermal comfort and makes it possible to totally control the lighting.
The structure of the house incorporates large spans which accentuate the Idea of a floating Box, besides propitiating a totally free and continuous space. The use of raw concrete refers to modern buildings, aesthetically and functionally, as in a dialogue with this modern architecture. The House of Ipês, with its grand spans and brute material, transpires a sobriety and the concrete impregnated by the passage of time, exposes the existence of the life of the building.